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Why did you choose a Havanese?



We've been asked this many times before so here's a good place to get a discussion going on this.

So why did you choose a Havanese out of all the dog breeds?
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In this order: personality, size , health and coat😀
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I wanted a small dog that did not shed that also had a happy personality like my last dog, a Bichon. I did not want to get another dog that looked exactly like my dog that had died because I thought it would be too painful. My Havanese, Molly, was the perfect choice for me!
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After losing my 30 lb. quadriplegic corgi, I realized any future dog would have to be light enough for me to easily pick up and handle. So, the reasons for me were weight, health, temperament and non-shedding (if you have ever had a corgi, you would understand that reason!).
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I love little, happy dogs. I've had a black toy poodle and a white bichon. I wanted a coat color that was a little different. Sheba has three colors, black, tan, and white.
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Great thread. Interested in reading all the responses since I'm currently considering a Havanese.
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We have had dogs all of our lives, all medium and large breed...all rescues. After our rescued greyhound had to be put down and our GSD dying 2 years before, we decided on no more dogs. The issue wasn't the dogs, but the pain on them aging and dying. After 6 months, I was at my wits end, trying to adjust to a household without a dog. My husband was quite content as is. He finally gave in to my request and after seeing my cousin's sweet Havanese, I decided that I would look into this breed. After doing some research on the breed, I was convinced this would be a good choice for us at this time in our lives. I loved the idea of a dog small enough to travel with us easily and taking her along where ever we could. I loved the idea of a friendly dog who loved people and enjoyed being around them. So in order, I would say, personality and little shedding. The coat and color were optional as this dog would be a rescue as well and those options don't always come with a rescue. We weren't disappointed. And my husband is smitten with her... and she with him.
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I wanted a small dog that did not shed that also had a happy personality like my last dog, a Bichon. I did not want to get another dog that looked exactly like my dog that had died because I thought it would be too painful. My Havanese, Molly, was the perfect choice for me!
We think alike. My last dog was a Shih-tzu/Chin mix. I wanted a similar temperament with little to no shedding, and I love fluffy dogs. I just didn't want one that would be exactly like my Rascal, as it would have been too painful. I did some research and fell in love. Now I have two little guys, but one of them does remind me quite a bit of my Rascal in temperament. It just makes me love him more, though. Both my little guys are better than I had hoped for after all the research.
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My criteria in order of importance for picking a Havanese:

- Extremely cute and cuddly
(my momís malti-pom is super cute and cuddly too but if you try cuddle him , he growls and tries to bite Ė Teddy loves to cuddle).

- Small enough to live in an apartment (but not too small to get through the balcony grill or have accidents under the sofas)

- Not barky
(Most small dogs bark too much. From my research, I believe Havs are one of the quietest small dogs. My momís old Pomeranian used to bark himself to sleep and her malti-pom puppy barks at trees in the garden and clouds in the sky (every day)..... Havís are so much smarter!)

- Non shedding (turned out not to be true for Teddy Ė doesnít shed as much as a GSD but still sheds)

- Very friendly
(most of the neighbours, their kids and dogs love him (my neighbours strange pets Ė the kittens, ducks, and goat (and the wild monkeys that occasionally visit the area) may disagree!!)

- Non destructive unlike some breeds that love to chew on everything!
(My socks and shoes may disagree ...)

- Willing to exercise himself (and stay indoors) if itís raining or when itís too dangerous to go outside. He loves to ďrun like hellĒ from one end of the apartment to the other - and most days, I can get him to RLH on command (just because itís funny).

- No excessive drooling or loud snoring
- Easy to train
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Teddy Bear: I didn't realize Havanese could shed. I guys any animal with fur or hair can shed but I always read Havanese are non-shedding. Does Teddy shed a lot?
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